The Great Ron Rafferty says*:
A brief history of the world …. From the time of Kinnock, there was an ever-increasing vetting procedure of new Labour candidates. That started off from a relatively weak administrative point from the Central Office perspective, but it quickly became more and more controlling over the past 30 years, and what better cover than deciding that only people from certain groups could stand as candidates. So we ended up with a massive percentage of “on-message” MPs.
Now fast forward to last summer, and the sudden realisation by the on-message ones, that they were no longer on message with the people they claimed to represent. Their own manifesto demonstrated this. As the media had tried to paint Ed Miliband as Red Ed, the Labour Party machine moved forever towards the right until in several aspects it WAS to the right of the Tories! This is the…
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